IFBB PHYSIQUE PRO
Starting out in Figure, it was clear Kelli wanted more! So, since they introduced the Women's Physique division.. it was clear that Kelli found a new home. Not only did she jump into the new division, she cleaned house and made an impact. Kelli wanted to test the waters at the NPC Nationals this past fall, and she did well. Not only winning her class, winning her IFBB Pro Cards, Kelli also won the Overall title! Kelli is among the many and great WPD Pros coming out of the Northwest!
1. When and why did you decide to start competing?
I have always been athletic and played sports in school. I began weight training in high school and continued my training through college. My local gym had a few men competitors, whom I went to watch compete. After seeing the women’s figure division for the first time I decided that I wanted to give it a shot myself. I started my competitive career with the NPC in the Figure division in October, 2010. My first show was the NPC 7Feathers Classic. I continued competing in the Figure division until May 2013 where I decided to double enter into both the Figure & Physique division. I ended up placing 1st in the Physique division at my Physique debut and 2nd in Figure. I decided to continue competing in Physique and competed in the 2013 “ NPC Idaho Cup” and ended up taking 1st in my class & the Overall. 2 weeks later I competed at the 2013 NPC Nationals in “Physique” and won the Overall and received my IFBB Pro card!
2. What makes you want to go farther in the sport?
In the beginning I had no intention of taking it to the Pro level. I just wanted to be able to get on stage and be competitive. Each show I learned something new and made adjustments and improved every single time. Being able make changes and see it happen is so motivating! I have always been a competitive person, but mostly with myself. Looking back, I have made a significant change in my physique. Seeing is believing and knowing that I have come this far just makes me want to push myself to go even farther in this sport! My next goal is the Olympia stage!!
3. What type of training do you implement during contest prep and the in the off-season?
My training style does not change much during contest prep. I generally work 1 body part per day, with the exception of legs twice a week. I typically do 4 exercises with 3- 4 sets of “heavy” weight. My training style is short but intense. Get in and get it DONE!! Sometimes I include Drop sets or Pyramids. Once in a while I will throw in some FST-7 to mix it up. I do not do much cardio in the off season. During prep I will add it in at the end, maybe 3-5 times a week for 30 min.
4. What is your favorite type of dieting meals and what is your favorite type of cheat meal?
My favorite dieting meal in sweet potato pancakes!! 4oz sweet potato, egg white, cinnamon & nutmeg topped with a little bit of Walden Farms pancake syrup. Yummm!!! My favorite cheat is frozen yogurt with ALL the toppings!! Reese’s, snickers, brownie bits, cookie dough, M & M’s, almonds, sprinkles, ect!
5. Who are some of the people that have helped you along the way to get where you are now in life or in the sport?
My husband Brian has been there for me every step of the way in general and in competing. He has supported all my decisions and has always been there for me. He does everything from helping me cook & prep meals to helping with training and posing. I also have wonderful family & friends who are very supportive and encouraging. Having a good support system is definitely a necessity in this sport.
My current coach, Noel Fuller has also helped me tremendously! He saw my potential and helped me get where I am today and take it to the next level! I can’t wait to see where we go next!
I have also worked with Andre Scott for my posing since 2010. I was a challenge, but Andre is very patient and an amazing posing coach!
My previous coach, Brandon Lyons has also helped me out a ton along the way. He introduced me to the sport of competing and was always very encouraging! His famous last words were always “suck it up cupcake!”. He never let me give up.
6. Who or what inspires you to strive for more in the sport?
My daughter is what inspires me to keep striving for more. There is nothing better than seeing how proud she is of me after every show. It does not matter where I place, but the fact that I got up there and did it. That I completed my goal! She always reminds me of that!
7. What is next for you as a competitor?
I have some areas that I want to work on before I jump into a Pro show. I do not have any plans at the moment as to what show I will be doing next. The girls at the Pro level all have amazing physiques and I want to make sure that I am ready before I step on that Pro stage.
8. What is your favorite memory good or bad while prepping or competing?
My favorite memory is stepping foot on stage for the very first time back in 10/2010. It was a goal of mine that I had for a very long time and I felt accomplished. I made it! My other favorite moment is winning the Overall at Nationals and getting my Pro card! I do not recall any bad memories other than being hungry! ;-)
9. Any website you would like to plug, Facebook, Twitter, personal site, etc...
I currently only have a Facebook "Kelli Schrader"
10. Anything you would like to say to all the visitors to NPC Oregon?
Never give up your dreams!! It can be tough sometimes and seem so far out of reach but if you remain consistent and disciplined, anything can happen!!